Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

53-7032 Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators

Operate or tend machinery equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets, to excavate and load loose materials. Excludes "Dredge Operators" (53-7031).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
45,020 2.4 % $20.12 $41,850 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.37 $14.90 $18.41 $23.63 $30.33
Annual Wage (2) $25,740 $31,000 $38,290 $49,150 $63,090


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 9,720 1.79 $19.91 $41,420
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 7,260 7.92 $18.19 $37,830
Coal Mining 4,390 5.01 $23.09 $48,030
Utility System Construction 3,170 0.75 $21.58 $44,890
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,130 0.70 $20.65 $42,960

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 7,260 7.92 $18.19 $37,830
Coal Mining 4,390 5.01 $23.09 $48,030
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 9,720 1.79 $19.91 $41,420
Waste Treatment and Disposal 1,270 1.31 $20.86 $43,380
Metal Ore Mining 530 1.24 $26.19 $54,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 150 0.14 $36.60 $76,130
Support Activities for Water Transportation 60 0.06 $33.25 $69,160
Metal Ore Mining 530 1.24 $26.19 $54,470
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 60 0.22 $25.84 $53,750
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 380 0.10 $25.69 $53,440


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 5,230 0.49 1.43 $17.78 $36,980
Florida 2,140 0.29 0.85 $16.92 $35,200
California 1,920 0.13 0.39 $27.79 $57,810
Pennsylvania 1,690 0.30 0.88 $21.16 $44,020
Missouri 1,480 0.57 1.64 $20.67 $42,990




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 1,080 3.90 11.29 $25.35 $52,720
West Virginia 1,400 1.97 5.70 $22.90 $47,640
North Dakota 640 1.60 4.62 $23.11 $48,060
Maine 640 1.09 3.17 $18.03 $37,490
Idaho 480 0.80 2.31 $18.51 $38,510




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 660 0.24 0.70 $28.85 $60,000
Alaska 80 0.24 0.70 $28.24 $58,750
California 1,920 0.13 0.39 $27.79 $57,810
Delaware 140 0.34 0.99 $27.13 $56,430
Wyoming 1,080 3.90 11.29 $25.35 $52,720





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,210 0.46 1.33 $18.66 $38,820
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 680 0.39 1.13 $22.09 $45,940
St. Louis, MO-IL 630 0.49 1.43 $22.62 $47,050
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 580 0.25 0.71 $20.00 $41,600
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 570 0.11 0.32 $26.73 $55,600
Pittsburgh, PA 560 0.49 1.43 $20.63 $42,910
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 550 0.26 0.76 $17.19 $35,760
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 510 0.30 0.87 $23.75 $49,400
Baltimore-Towson, MD 440 0.35 1.01 $20.98 $43,630
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 440 0.39 1.13 $16.79 $34,920




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bismarck, ND 120 1.83 5.30 $18.88 $39,280
Odessa, TX 120 1.80 5.20 $18.10 $37,640
Tuscaloosa, AL 160 1.74 5.04 $20.73 $43,110
Bangor, ME 100 1.60 4.64 $20.46 $42,550
Duluth, MN-WI 190 1.53 4.43 $25.31 $52,640
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 60 1.40 4.05 $33.24 $69,140
Winchester, VA-WV 70 1.38 3.98 $17.93 $37,300
Cumberland, MD-WV 40 1.17 3.39 $18.76 $39,020
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 320 1.17 3.39 $25.19 $52,390
Medford, OR 80 1.15 3.32 $20.46 $42,550